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Who's left for the Redskins on day two?

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Who's left for the Redskins on day two?

The first round is in the books and for now, the Redskins have to wait out 37 picks before they are on the clock again. After having way too much fun with my first-round mock, I decided to project all those picks from 33 thru 69 with some analysis thrown in here and there...33. St. Louis Rams: Cordy Glenn, Georgia, GOT34. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, Stanford, TE... Though not selected in the first as many predicted, Fleener blew away scouts with his 4.45 speed. No wonder he averaged 19.6 yards last season and showed the ability to stretch the deep middle. Fleener won't last long in round two and considering the Colts tight end position has gone from strength to question marks, reuniting him with his Stanford is simply idea.35. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin... Concerns over Konz's strength pushed him into the second round. Would help the Ravens as a potential fill-in at guard for the departed Ben Grubbs before eventually taking over at center for veteran Matt Birk who is on a one-year deal.36. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State, DT
37. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, WR
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Courtney Upshaw, DEOLB, Alabama
39. St. Louis Rams: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
40. Carolina Panthers: Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama, CB
41. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
42. Miami Dolphins: Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson
43. Seattle Seahawks: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
44. Kansas City Chiefs: Bobbie Massie, OT, Mississippi
45. St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller, Miami, RB46. Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Brown, North Carolina, OLB...Depending on the evaluator, Brown is either a stud who was worthy ofbeing a first-rounder or an inconsistent sort who left onlookers wanting more. The Eagles need linebackers so they will see what Brown can do for them.47. New York Jets: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, WR
48. New England Patriots: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
49. San Diego Chargers: Kendall Reyes, DE, Connecticut
50. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State51. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida - They shipped Asante Samuel before the draft so Robinson steps into nickel corner role.52. Tennessee Titans: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Vinny Curry, Marshall, DE
54. Detroit Lions: Dwight Bentley, CB, La-Lafayette
55. Atlanta Falcons: Dwayne Allen, Clemson, TE
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington57. Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler, Arizona State, QB - Yes, theBroncosadded that Peyton Manning guy, but who knows if he will make it through the entire season and the backup position is Tebow-less.Denver can groom the 6-foot-8 Osweiler behind the future Hall of Famer.58. Houston Texans: Mitchell Schwartz, T, California
59. Green Bay Packers: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
60. Baltimore Ravens: Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California
61. San Francisco 49ers: Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State, G
62. New England Patriots: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson63. New York Giants: Jeff Allen, G, Ilinois - The offensive line is aging and frankly, not that impressive despite the Super Bowl winning run. Allen can play inside and out, but figures to play guard on the pro level.Third Round64. Indianapolis Colts: Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
65. St. Louis Rams: Ronell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
66. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
67. Cleveland Browns: Derek Wolfe, DE, Cincinnati
68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State69. REDSKINS: Zerbie Sanders, OT, Florida State - Sticking to my earlier predictionof the massive four-year college starter being the pick, especially with linebackers Kendricks and Wagner off the board. The alternative in this scenario would be grabbing a corner like Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley or Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming. An outside the box pick could Georgia tight end Orson Charles.

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Kouandjio likely to start at left guard for Redskins on Sunday

Kouandjio likely to start at left guard for Redskins on Sunday

The Redskins will be testing their depth on the offensive line over the next few weeks at least as both starting left guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and starting center Kory Lichtensteiger (calf) are dealing with injuries.

When both players went out early in the second half against the Giants the solution was to put Spencer Long in at center and, since the team only keeps one interior lineman active on game days, move Trent Williams from left tackle to left guard.

Long had put in plenty of practice time as the backup center but Williams had not lined up as guard during any kind of practice at any time. He managed to fake his way through the game and the Redskins scored enough points to win but that’s not something that the Redskins want to do except in a dire emergency. They want their Pro Bowl left tackle at the most important spot on the offensive line.

The next man up is Arie Kouandjio, a fourth-round pick in 2015 who has played a total of one snap. Although the Redskins likely will look to add some interior line help this week assuming that both Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are out, it looks likely that Kouandjio’s second NFL snap will be as the starting left guard this Sunday against the Browns.

The Alabama product has the mental toughness and nasty attitude that the coaching staff loves. But he has issues with his technique and his ability to block at the second level or pull effectively is very questionable. There was a competition for the starting left guard position this offseason but Kouandjio was never a serious contender for the job. Some were speculating that Kouandjio could be a surprise roster cut at the end of training camp but apparently the coaching staff thought that it was worthwhile to keep him around and continue his development.

It looks like the time for development is over and it’s time for Kouandjio to show what he has learned. We will see how it turns out.

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Gruden presser wrapup: Even he's not sure what a catch is

Gruden presser wrapup: Even he's not sure what a catch is

ASHBURN, VA—Here is a look at what Jay Gruden covered in his Monday news conference after the Redskins’ win over the Giants.

—We hit on some of the major injury news but there is the complete list: “DeAngelo [Hall], torn ACL, has surgery – he’ll be out for the season. [Bashaud] Breeland, he got an MRI, he has strained tendons in his ankle – he’ll be week to week. Shawn Lauvao has a moderate ankle sprain, we’re going to evaluate him on a week-to-week basis. [Kory] Lichtensteiger has a moderate calf strain, again, week-to-week. [Josh] Doctson went out to pregame warmup and could not push off the way he wanted to, his Achilles was too sore, so we’ve just got to continue to treat him and figure out the roots of the problem and try to get it fixed. DeSean Jackson aggravated his knee and ankle, came back and finished the game. And [Dashaun] Phillips has a hamstring strain. That is it.”

—Gruden said that the loss of a veteran leader like Hall was a big one. “It’s a lot. He’s a captain, you know? He’s coming along, playing a lot better and better at safety, so it’s pretty significant.”

—He tried to sell the 0-3 Browns as a big threat but he wasn’t very convincing. “It’s a tough opponent, very good coaching staff, and got a lot of work to do.”

—Kirk Cousins was pretty good according to the coach but they need to get touchdowns in the red zone. “We tried a quarterback draw one time and we missed the hole a little bit. Had a couple throws that were covered, just couldn’t get it done. Can’t put a finger on one person in that area. It’s not all on Kirk,”

—Going into it, Gruden was about as confident as a coach could be on the fake punt play in the third quarter. “We did it in practice and Tress Way has a great arm – very accurate. Coaching staff on the special teams side of it saw that it was a possibility. We practiced it. He caught it every time but the first day in the walkthrough.”

—A majority of those in the press box plus the TV broadcast crew all thought that David Bruton had made a spectacular interception when he ripped the ball away from Odell Beckham in the end zone. So did Gruden. “I’ve heard that everybody says it was an interception except for the replay guy. I don’t know what the rule is. We just have got to live by it. I thought his elbow was down, I thought his butt was down, I thought he had control of the ball.” Gruden admitted that, like most of us, he doesn’t know what a catch is.

—The Redskins aren’t thinking about cranking out another winning streak like the one late last year that got them into the playoffs. “Yeah, I think the only thing you can do is… the ultimate clich√© is take it one game at a time. That’s the only thing can do. You can’t look ahead.”